Billy Goat eating bark & sap ??

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by mrszlopez, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. mrszlopez

    mrszlopez Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it safe ? He is eating the bark and his face was covered in sap.. Dont know what kind of tree it is though.
     
  2. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
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    Mine eat maple and oak bark I wouldn't worry to much but try to figure out what kind of tree it is
     
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  3. BlackBrookPoultry

    BlackBrookPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My goats loved to eat pine bark and get their faces covered in sap. I don't think it will hurt them, but they will eventually kill the tree.
     
  4. tnchickenut

    tnchickenut It's all about the Dels!

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    I was told by a old goat show guy that that is a sign they aren't getting all their minerals. Not saying that is what it is... but something to look into. It is normal for them to eat things to get what their body needs and bark won't kill them. Mine used to love cedar bark. I gave mine to this same guy, though... they were better off with him. He had more goat knowledge and better goat land.
     
  5. carolinagirl58

    carolinagirl58 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
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    Goats are browsers and love to eat tree bark. Some trees are preferred over others. It won't hurt the goat....it will kill the tree. In some areas, sheep and goats are used for cedar eradication. Eating bark does not mean they are lacking in minerals, they just like bark.
     
  6. Inkheart

    Inkheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine absolutely LOVE pine bark - they as far as i know get all the minerals they need as they love their mineral blocks too - i think they are just drawn to the bark!
     
  7. glenolam

    glenolam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you don't want them eating the bark (thus killing the tree) you can wrap chicken netting around the base and up the tree several times. They won't be able to chew through the chicken wire to get to the trunk of the tree.

    FWIW, my goats get all the minerals they need (plus boluses and BoSe shots) and they still eat bark...it's just something they do.
     
  8. mrszlopez

    mrszlopez Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you all ! i hadnt ever seen any of my goats do it before so i just wanted to make sure it was safe.
    I dont mind at all if they kill the tree [​IMG] lol
     
  9. llrumsey

    llrumsey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We cleaned up alot of trees last year after a storm went through our home town, I am still feeding the branches to the goats, they love the bark, willow is their favorite. After the bark has been stripped and the smaller branches eaten I take the longer bigger pieces out of their pen, stack it, let it dry and my companion will either use it for carving or we will use it in the fire place.

    They just love the bark and small branches.
     

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